E-Hawk Offense Flies In 42-0 Win
PAULLINA – Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks made quick work of the South O’Brien Wolverines Friday night in a 42-0 triumph to improve to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in Class 1A District Two play.
For the E-Hawks of late, getting out to a quick start has been a key to their success, and Friday’s contest in Paullina was no exception to the rule. After taking the opening kickoff, Emmetsburg steadily ground its way down the field until quarterback Jake Jackson kept the ball and ran in from 11 yards away with 9:35 to go in the first quarter. The conversion kick attempt by Zach Overberg was blocked, however, making the score 6-0.
The E-Hawk defense then went to work, and limited the South O’Brien Wolverines to three downs and a punt. Emmetsburg took over at their own 33 yard line but would be forced to punt as well, giving South O’Brien decent field position.
The Wolverines would drive into Emmetsburg territory before stalling out at the E-Hawk 28-yard line with 2:37 to go. After losing some yardage and facing fourth and seven at the E-Hawk 33, a crushing sack by Marcus Akridge and Andrew Wellik stopped the Wolverines dead in their tracks and got the E-Hawks the ball back at their own 43.
On second and seven, Wellik would erupt for a 53-yard touchdown run, only to have the run negated by a holding penalty. Reloading, Emmetsburg went back to work and chewed off smaller chunks of real estate, capping off the drive with :47 to go as Brady Berkland would run in from six yards out to score. Berkland would run in the conversion to put the E-Hawks up 14-0 to end the first quarter of play.
The Wolverines would be forced to punt to start the second quarter and the E-Hawks took over at their own 36. On second down, Jackson put the pigskin in the air and hit Jake Carlson for a 36 yard strike down to the Wolverines’ 20-yard stripe for a quick first down.
On the next play, Jackson raced in from 20 yards out for his second score of the evening. Zach Overberg split the uprights for a 21-0 lead as Emmetsburg appeared to have the train on the tracks and building up a full head of steam.
The defense did its job again, holding the Wolverines to a three-and-out that put the E-Hawks at their own 45 after the punt.
It wouldn’t take long for more fireworks to erupt.
Jake Jackson piloted the E-Hawk machine down the field and with 5:03 to go in the half, kept the ball and ran in from 24 yards out for the score. The kick by Overberg was on the mark to give Emmetsburg a 28-0 advantage.
With the Wolverines starting at their 35, it wouldn’t take long for the E-Hawk defense to put a stop to their efforts, as on fourth and one at their 37, a fake punt attempt was sniffed out and shut down cold, giving Emmetsburg the ball at the Wolverines’ 37 yard line.
A quick little drive would result in Emmetsburg turning to Brady Berkland with a five yard reception. As he made the catch, Berkland was upended at the one-yard line by South O’Brien’s Adam Paulsen, but Berkland somersaulted into the end zone for the score with 1:26 to go in the half. Overberg put the kick through the uprights as Emmetsburg took a 35-0 lead into the intermission.
With the clock running continuously in the second half, the game went quickly. South O’Brien took the opening kickoff and ended up punting to the E-Hawks.
Coach Mike Dunlap sent the second offensive unit into the game at that point and after punting back to the Wolverines, Emmetsburg would get the ball back at their own 33 yard line. The E-Hawk reserves drove out of their territory and into South O’Brien’s half of the field before turning the ball over on downs to end the third quarter with the 35-0 lead.
The Wolverines would end up punting right after the start of the final quarter and the E-Hawks took over at their own 48-yard line with 10:13 to go in the contest.
Ryan Kliegl drove the E-Hawks downfield, with Cody Henderson making some nice runs that would close out the drive with a three-yard run by Henderson with 5:40 to go in the game. Nick Merwald would come in to kick the conversion to make the score 42-0 as the sophomores would come in to finish out the contest for Emmetsburg.
After a punt by the Wolverines, Emmetsburg would fumble the ball, but Brady Christensen would intercept a pass in the closing moments of the game to ice the win for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg would rack up 371 yards rushing off 53 attempts, along with two of three passes for a total of 41 yards, giving the E-hawks 412 yards, compared with South O’Brien’s 65 rushing yards and 54 passing yards for 91 total offensive yards.
Cody Henderson would rack up 82 yards off 13 carries for the E-Hawks, while Brady Berkland had 75 yards off 10 carries. Jake Jackson added 75 yards from seven rushes and Andrew Wellik picked up 60 yards from nine attempts.
Marcus Akridge would gain 48 yards off six rushes, with Aaron Bird gaining16 yards off one attempt. Allen Jensen picked up 11 yards on one carry and Mitch Petersen gained nine yards off four attempts. Ryan Kliegl had a four yard gain to round out the effort for the E-Hawks.
Jake Jackson’s two passes went to Jake Carlson for a 41 yard catch and Brady Berkland for a five yard reception.
Defensively, Emmetsburg got 10 tackles from Brady Berkland, while Andrew Wellik added eight stops. Marcus Akridge tallied a pair of quarterback sacks and Taylor Wegner added a sack to the effort as well.
Emmetsburg returns home on Friday night for a much anticipated re-match with the West Lyon Wildcats.